Hibiki Blenders Choice (700ml)
Hibiki Blenders Choice
GOLD WINNER WWA 2020 BEST BLENDED NAS JAPAN
Forming part of Suntory’s expanded range of non-age-statement Hibiki, the Blender’s Choice distinguishes itself through the use of red wine casks as part of its maturation regime.
The expression was not meant to be a replacement for the discontinued Hibiki 17-Year-Old but instead an exciting new addition to the ever-popular blended range by Suntory. Unlike the more recent release of the Hibiki Japanese Harmony 30th Anniversary bottling which features the exact same liquid as the flagship bottle but different artwork, the Blender’s Choice enjoys an entirely new recipe. Here are my notes. Remember, taste is subjective, and everyone’s palate is different. Suntory tells us that Hibiki Blender’s Choice uses whisky “around” 15 years, from 12 to 30+ years. Also, even before Hibiki 17 was officially discontinued,
Tasting Notes: The nose first brings summer fruit and some floral notes, along with a hint of spice. On the palate sherries notes of dried fruit, vanilla, and a subtle touch of red wine makes for a well-rounded, delicate experience. The finish lingers long for an NAS whisky. An overall great addition to the Hibiki range.
Hibiki is a blended whisky brand from Suntory comprised of grain whisky from their Chita distillery and malt whisky from their Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. It will include wine-cask aged whiskies and bares no-age statements. A great edition to the Suntory Hibiki range.
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Nose: Thick vanilla pudding, ripe dates, and plenty of dry woodiness.
Palate: Definitely a hearty oak base, Sweet wine starts to peek through along with a bit of vanilla towards the end.
Finish: A young flintiness, tingling spiciness takes us through more of that forest floor. Dry and Savory
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